BIRON, WIS. - A nearly $200 million paper mill project in Wood County will get state support while helping to create more than two dozen jobs.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced $1.7 million in tax credits Wednesday for ND Paper in Biron, which is just north of Wisconsin Rapids.
ND Paper plans to convert a machine from making white paper into corrugated material for boxes. The company will also build a recycled pulp, water treatment, and fiber recovery plants. The total cost of the project is $189 million.
The company will only get the state tax credits if it creates 27 new jobs and invests in the construction projects itself over the next three years.
The company employs more than 300 workers already. ND Paper also owns mills in Maine and West Virginia, employing about 1,200 people total.
"These strategic investments not only create 27 new positions, but also preserve the jobs of our existing workforce," ND Paper CEO Ken Liu said in a press release. "Our vision is to transform the Biron division into a world-class facility that is sustainable for the next 100 years."
The WEDC says the project could also indirectly create 31 additional jobs in the central-Wisconsin region.
MADISON - Democratic legislators are complaining that their Republican colleagues didn't give advance notice to them or the Madison Police Department about a proposed security study of the state Capitol that would require the department's involvement.
The state's budget committee adopted the measure Tuesday along party lines. The full Legislature and governor haven't approved the study, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
WAUSAU - You might see softball, live music, and a polka-themed church service driving down Bridge Street in Wausau this weekend. The award-winning St Anne Fest is back in town.
"It's a big three day event," said John Lang, one of the organizers. "We have great music, good food, softball games, dart tournaments going on. We have all kinds of events that bring in the community."
The annual festival is famous for its egg rolls and fresh deep-fried cheese curds. Ten thousand dollars in cash prizes well be raffled off on Sunday.
Michele Norrbom said the event is really a celebration of everything Wausau.
MADISON - Madison police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman who fell into a pond.
Police Chief Mike Koval says the victim's boyfriend called around 8:30 Saturday night to report he was unable to pull her out of the pond. Rescuers arrived within minutes and gave the woman CPR, but could not revive her.
EAGLE RIVER - Families shower dads with gifts, love and maybe even a surprise breakfast on Father's Day.
The Rock Mission Center in Eagle River combined all three off those for families in their community this morning.
"Can't think of a better thing to sell fathers than that love that you would have with your father on father's day at breakfast," event organizer Joe Jovanovic said.
The pancake spread was inspired by Cory Meyer who brought a special meaning to the meal.
"Pancakes are a big thing in my family," Meyer said. "My grandpa passed away back in 2010 and his last dinner was pancakes. That led to a poem 'Pancakes In Heaven' which is in honor of him that turned into a magazine which now goes to nursing home shut-ins, veterans and prisoners."
Meyer's poem motivated the Rock Center to find their own message for Father's this year.
"Mothers are the love and nurture in the home. I think the Fathers are the hope portion because when a child really needs something that a dad can give, it's hope," Jovanovic said.
Jovanovic shared his own personal connection to the meaning of hope.
"This is superman's family crest and on the planet Krypton this stands for hope. That's the rock, love and hope," Jovanovic said.
And to all the fathers out there...
"Thank you for everything, because that's exactly where it all comes from."
The Rock Mission Center hosts dozens of events every month.
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